Shay Mooney and Dan Smyers — better known as Dan + Shay — have been making their mark in country music for quite a while now. Recently, however, they’ve risen to the top and have spanned various genres. Frankly, these two have just begun their pursuit of musical domination.
This duo provides songs perfect enough to get you through the tough times, and lyrics that will make you feel like you’re not alone. Here are the top 5 Dan + Shay songs that can make anyone a diehard country music fan.
Released on January 10, 2018, “Tequila” is one of Dan + Shay’s megahits that is still on the radio to this day. It’s even won a Grammy for best country duo/group performance. The inspiration behind this song is actually pretty creative. This song solely talks about someone who isn’t completely over their former flame. But according to Country Living, Dan and Shay felt it’d be cool and nostalgic to write a breakup song around the concept of tequila. With Shay’s sweet vocals and Dan’s harmony lines backing it up, this might go down as one of the best breakup anthems of 2018.
Released on May 18, 2018, this song has reached number 1 for a whole week on the country music charts. The inspiration behind this song is each musician’s actual wedding days. Dan has shared how it felt in the actual moment his wife walked down the aisle, which left him speechless. Combined with the most heart-warming lyrics and “eargasmic” vocal lines, I guess it’s truly safe to say you can’t ever go wrong writing a love song.
3. 10,000 Hours
This song has shattered country music records ever since it was released. With 115 million streams globally, it’s no wonder this song has become such a smash hit. Moreover, here’s a fun fact: This particular collaboration actually began on a wild whim. Previously, Dan and Shay recall crossing paths with Justin a few times, and they always mentioned doing a collaboration one day. Who knew that day would be right around the corner, right after Justin got married!
4. From The Ground Up
This song was the second number-one single towards the start of their career, topping the Billboard country song charts. It was written at a time when both singers’ grandparents were becoming ill and in the hospital. They reflected on the many years they were married as well as that they hoped they would achieve that one day as well.
5. 19 You + Me
This song sat on the Billboard hot country airplay charts at number 12 when it was released. It is a vocal ballad about a short summer week spent with a new lover. This is one of the duo’s oldest songs on this list and came out when they were just aspiring artists on the music scene. According to Taste of Country, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney have told a precise and moving story through this song.
Overall, you don’t have to be raised in the South to love Dan + Shay — or all country music, for that matter. This iconic duo has given us many amazing hits so far. Moreover, I can’t wait to see what’s next.
What’s your favorite song from these musicians? Tell us in the comments!